Gospel Rapper Sues Katy Perry For Jacking His Song
Flame â€“ real name Marcus T. Gray â€“ and three other musicians have filed a lawsuit in St. Louis, Missouri against Katy Perry, accusing her of ripping off their award-winning Christian gospel track â€˜Joyful noiseâ€™ for her hit song â€˜Dark horse.â€™
The 32-year-old rapper claims in court documents that Katy, whose parents are extremely religious, hijacked their music, tarnished it with black magic, witchcraft and paganism, and ruined their reputation in the Christian music world because of the imagery that appears in her music video, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.
The group, who released their track five years ago, are seeking unspecified damages and want the â€˜Roarâ€˜ singer, who is currently on her â€˜Prismatic World Tourâ€™ to be banned from using any form of their music immediately.
Following the success of â€˜Dark horse,â€™ Katy Perry was crowned the new RIAA Gold & Platinum Programâ€™s top digital artist of all time last week, with 72 million digital singles sold.
The star co-wrote the track with singer-songwriter Sarah Hudson in her native Santa Barbara, California, and previously claimed it was inspired by the 1996 film â€˜The Craftâ€™ for the song, which is â€˜about warning a guy that if youâ€™re going to fall in love with me, make sure youâ€™re sure because if not, itâ€™s gonna be your last.â€™
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